As anyone who ever owned them knows, cats are brilliant pets. They are calm, independent, easy to care for, and they don’t bind you like dogs do. At the same time, they are also excellent companions – being very sociable (although only when they want it) and often cheerful. But not all cats were born equal, and although all of them could be great helpers, some breeds of cats are more popular than others, either because of their appearance, their nature or practical considerations, such as their coat. Here we look at the TOP 10 breeds of cats to help you make the decision to choose one of the options.
10. American Shorthair Cat
These little cats are very affectionate and playful. A beautiful cat with a friendly disposition and a sharp mind. She has come a long way from domestic pied pipers to pets and now enjoys well-deserved popularity among experienced and novice felinologists.
Manx is a cat breed that originated on the Isle of Man. A distinctive feature of Manx cats is usually considered the absence of a tail, although in reality not all representatives of this breed are tailless. In tailed Manx cats, the length of the tail can vary from a short “stump” to a tail of almost normal length. The absence of a tail is the result of a natural mutation (founder effect).
8. Himalayans (Himalayan cat)
A Himalayan cat ( also known as a Himalayan Persian , or a colorpoint Persian , as it is commonly called in Europe) is a breed or subgenus of a long-haired cat similar in type to a Persian cat, with the exception of its blue eyes and its point coloring, which were obtained from crossing the Persian cats with siamese. Some registries may classify the Himalayan breed as a long-haired sub breed of Siamese cats or a color point sub breed of Persian.
7. Ragdoll ( Ragdoll)
Ragdoll is a breed of large semi-long-haired cats.
The breed was bred in the USA in the 1960s by Anne Baker, a breeder of Persian cats from California. Cats were selected according to the mildest nature, as a result of which they can completely relax in the hands of humans, which gave the name of the breed.
6. Sphynx ( Sphinx)
Sphinx is a cat breed known for its lack of hair (fur). Hairlessness in cats is a natural genetic mutation; however, the Sphinx cat, as a breed, was developed by selective breeding since the 1960s. The skin should have a suede texture, as it has thin hair, or the cat can be completely hairless.
5. Russian Blue
Russian blue is a natural breed that may have originated in the port of Arkhangelsk in Russia. They are also sometimes called the Arkhangelsk blues. It is believed that sailors took the Russian Blues from the Arkhangelsk islands to Great Britain and Northern Europe in the 1860s. The first recorded appearance outside of Russia was in 1875 in the Crystal Palace in England as an Arkhangelsk cat. Russian blue competed in a class that included all the other blue cats until 1912, when he was given his own class. This breed has developed mainly in England and Scandinavia until the present.
4. Bengal ( Bengal cat)
A Bengal cat is a domesticated breed of cats created from hybrids of domestic cats, Asian leopard cat ( Prionailurus bengalensis ) and Egyptian Mau, which gives them a golden sheen – the name of the breed comes from a taxonomic name. Bengalis have a wild appearance and can show spots, sockets, arrowhead marks or marbling.
3. Maine Coon ( Maine Coon)
Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive look and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, especially from Maine, where she is the official state cat.
2. Persian (Persian cat)
The Persian cat is a long-haired cat breed characterized by its round muzzle and short muzzle. He is also known as “Persian Longhair” in English-speaking countries. In the Middle East, they are widely known as “Shirazi cats,” and in Iran they are known as “Shiraz cat.” The first documented ancestors of the Persians were brought to Italy from Iran (historically known as Persia in the west) around 1620. Recognized as a cat fantasy since the end of the 19th century, it was developed first by English, and then mainly by American breeders after the Second World War. Some cat lover breed standards include the Himalayan and exotic shorthair breeds as variants of this breed, while others view them as separate breeds.
1. Siamese ( Siamese cat)
The original Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognizable breeds of Asian cats. Obtained from Wichianmat landrace, one of several cat varieties, originally from China and brought to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the original Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century. Carefully selected, more extreme features of the modern Siamese are characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes; triangular shape of the head; big ears; an elongated, slender and muscular body; as well as various forms of spotting.
It was the top ten cats in the world that the author of the article chose. And what do you think, which cat should be in the first place, or what kind of handsome domestic cat did we lose sight of in your opinion?